Latest Montana state government News

From left, Mike Banderob, 38, Rose Banderob, 11, and Scott Banderob, 58, host a garage sale in order to raise money to pay for rent and other expenses on Friday, July 31, 2020, in Bozeman, Mont. Their landlord is planning to evict them in September, refusing to accept money from the CARES Act Housing Assistance Program or other local non-profits attempting to intercede on the Bandrob's behalf.  . (Rachel Leathe/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

State says Montana rental assistance program largely unused

Aug. 1, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana set aside $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to help people make their rent or mortgage payments during the economic upheaval caused by coronavirus. But through the end of July the program has paid out just over $1.2 million, about 2.4% of the available funds,...

Bullock staffer fired after offensive tweets surface

Jul. 30, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An aide to Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's senate campaign was fired Thursday after a history of racist, sexist and homophobic tweets surfaced. Evan McCullers, who joined the Bullock campaign in June as deputy press secretary, sent a series of offensive tweets between 2012 and...

Montana announces 3 more COVID-19 deaths, total now 55

Jul. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials announced three more deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday as Gov. Steve Bullock said the state or county health departments might have to increase restrictions in nine counties that he called virus hot spots. Two Yellowstone County men in their 70s died in their homes,...

Dems accuse Gianforte of coordinating with PAC

Jul. 27, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte is facing a campaign finance complaint alleging his campaign illegally coordinated with a political action committee to circumvent campaign donation limits. Gianforte’s campaign sent an invitation for a July 17 lunch and...

Montana State Prison names new acting warden

Jul. 24, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Corrections has named Deputy Warden Jim Salmonsen as acting warden at Montana State Prison following the resignation of Lynn Guyer from the position last week. Salmonsen is a 31-year veteran at the prison and was temporarily serving as the warden as the...

FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Matt Rosendale greets supporters in Helena, Montana. In the race for Montana's lone U.S. House seat, Republican Matt Rosendale faces opponent Democrat Kathleen Williams. (AP Photo/Eliza Wiley, File)

Montana's U.S. House race brings partisan divide to the fore

Jul. 24, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In the race for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat, Republican Matt Rosendale is hitching his wagon to President Donald Trump even as the president's national approval ratings worsen. Rosendale talks glowingly about Trump's actions since COVID-19 hit the United States, while many...

Montana able to expand surveillance testing for COVID

Jul. 22, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has agreements to expand surveillance testing for COVID-19 a week after Gov. Steve Bullock said such testing would have to be put on hold because of a backlog at an out-of-state lab the state was using. “Surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals is a powerful tool...

Montana governor: Federal land agency boss acting illegally

Jul. 20, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock sued the Trump administration on Monday to block the acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from continuing in the position until he's been confirmed by the Senate. Federal law prohibits William Perry Pendley from leading the bureau in an...

Rodeo goes on in small Montana town despite pandemic

Jul. 18, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) — Cowboys lined the metal chutes that released bucking horses and their riders into the arena, Miss Rodeo Montana signed autographs for fans, and coronavirus warning signs ended with “Face mask usage is of personal choice.” Most of the rodeo riders and audience at the...

An employee of Doc Harper's Tavern talks with customers while wearing a face mask in Billings, Mont., on Friday, July 17, 2020. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued an order Wednesday mandating face masks in many setting as coronavirus cases in the state continue to increase. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Records: Montana governor feared backlash over mask mandate

Jul. 17, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock's statewide mask mandate came after hundreds of Montana residents, business owners and health care leaders demanded the move as virus cases mounted in the state, records obtained by The Associated Press reveal. For weeks, the Democratic governor had resisted such a...